Canadians, comedian Craig Ferguson once observed, are the nicest people in the world ... until someone hands us a hockey stick.
Well, to a certain extent that's true, because our sports are something of a metaphor for our national psyche. That is to say usually skilful, often blockheaded and sometimes brutal, whether it's hockey, lacrosse or football. When they're played by men, it's even worse.
But we can in fact be nice too, in our eccentric way.…